Entire election schedule made to benefit Modi

first_imgNew Delhi: As campaigning for the final phase of Lok Sabha elections came to an end on Friday, Congress president Rahul Gandhi accused the Election Commission of being “biased” and said that it has a different set of rules for the Prime Minister and for the opposition leaders.”It does not look good to say this but the role of the Election Commission has been biased,” he said, adding that it has different rules for Modiji and different rules for us. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework”Partiality is clearly visible,” he said. “Even the entire election schedule has been made to benefit Modi, but the people of the country understand it,” he said, adding that the Congress believes in the Election Commission as an institution. Gandhi also said, “Modi and BJP have lots of money. They have unlimited money but we have truth on our side and truth will win.” Turning the tables on PM Modi, Rahul said he lost the huge opportunity that he had got in 2014. “He (Modi) forgot that people had not made him the PM to make big speeches, but to put India on the path of development.” Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygenGandhi hit out at the BJP and PM Modi for showing the door to senior leaders of the party and said that his party respects the seniors and will make use of their experience. “Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh and our other senior leaders have much more experience. And we will use their experience,” Gandhi said. To a question that Modi was using personal attacks against him, he said: “If Modiji wants to talk bad about my family then it is up to him. But I would not speak anything bad for his family or him and instead, I shall return love to him.” The Congress leader also refused to comment on how many seats the party will win. He said: “I have said it many times people of the country will decide. And on the basis of the people’s decision, everything will be decided. So I would not speak on people’s decision before May 23.” The Congress chief took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not taking any questions at his first press conference since taking office five years ago. “Congratulations Modi Ji. Excellent Press Conference! Showing up is half the battle. Next time Mr Shah may even allow you to answer a couple of questions. Well done!” Rahul Gandhi tweeted.last_img read more

Venezuela Last Dictatorship in Latin America Moroccan Ambassador

New York – “Venezuela, which is the last dictatorship in Latin America, has no legitimacy to attack Morocco and the recovery of its Sahara,” Morocco’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Omar Hilale, said during the 4th Committee of the General Assembly of the United Nations.This came following a statement of Venezuela’s ambassador, who described the Sahara as “the last colony in Africa.”Morocco “recovered its Sahara which was under Spanish occupation, while Venezuela claims half of Guyana’s territory under the pretext of territorial integrity,” he pointed out, adding that “Venezuela will become the first colonizer of the 21st century.” “Saharawi population in Laayoune, Dakhla and Smara live in freedom, without fear or violation of their rights. This is not the case in the last dictatorship in Latin America. Venezuelan political leaders are kidnapped, imprisoned and tortured and innocent demonstrators are killed on the streets of Caracas,” he went on.According to US media, “citizens’ quality of life in the Sahara is a thousand times better than that of citizens in the last dictatorship in Latin America,” he noted.Some 28 heads of State sent a motion to the Chairman of the African Union for the immediate suspension of the so-called “Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic,” Hilale said, noting that several countries withdrew their recognition of the so-called SADR. This was the case for Zambia and Jamaica, who withdrew their recognition of “SARD” recently, he said.Soon there will be no country to recognize this ghostly republic, the ambassador added. read more

Lance Armstrong to Admit Drug Use to Oprah

Lance Armstrong plans to admit to doping throughout his career during an upcoming interview with talk show host Oprah Winfrey, USA Today reported late Friday.The interview, scheduled to be taped Monday and broadcast Thursday night on the Oprah Winfrey Network, will be conducted at Armstrong’s home in Austin, Texas.Citing an anonymous source, USA Today reported that the disgraced cyclist plans to admit to using performance-enhancing drugs, but likely will not get into details of the allegations outlined in a 2012 report by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. The report led to Armstrong being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life from the sport.Armstrong representatives, including his attorney Tim Herman, declined comment. The New York Times first reported last week that Armstrong was considering making a confession.Armstrong, 41, who vehemently denied doping for years, has not spoken publicly about the USADA report that cast him as the leader of a sophisticated and brazen doping program on his U.S. Postal Service teams that included use of steroids, blood boosters and illegal blood transfusions.Winfrey’s network announced Tuesday that Armstrong agreed to a “no holds barred” interview with her.A confession to Winfrey would come at a time when some of Armstrong’s legal troubles appear to be clearing up.Any potential perjury charges stemming from his sworn testimony denying doping in a 2005 arbitration fight with a Dallas promotions company over a contract bonus worth $7.5 million have passed the statute of limitations.Armstrong faces a whistle-blower lawsuit filed by former teammate Floyd Landis accusing him of defrauding the U.S. Postal Service, but the U.S. Department of Justice has yet to announce whether it will join the case. The British newspaper The Sunday Times is suing Armstrong to recover about $500,000 it paid him to settle a libel lawsuit.Armstrong lost most of his personal sponsorship — worth tens of millions of dollars — after USADA issued its report, and he left the board of the Livestrong cancer-fighting charity he founded in 1997. He is said to still be worth an estimated $100 million.Livestrong might be one reason to issue an apology or make a confession. The charity supports cancer patients and faces an image problem because of its association with its famous founder.The New York Times reported Armstrong might make a confession in an attempt to return to competition in elite triathlon or running events, but World Anti-Doping Code rules state his lifetime ban cannot be reduced to less than eight years. WADA and U.S. Anti-Doping officials could agree to reduce the ban further depending on what new information Armstrong provides and his level of cooperation.Armstrong met with USADA officials recently to explore a “pathway to redemption,” according to a report by “60 Minutes Sports” aired Wednesday on Showtime. read more

What Happened To All Those Absurd NBA Stat Lines

More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code By Neil Paine, Chris Herring and Kyle Wagner Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. On this week’s show (Jan. 4, 2018), Neil, Chris and Kyle discuss Isaiah Thomas’s debut with the Cleveland Cavaliers after recovering from a hip injury he sustained last season. Next, DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors is putting up ridiculous numbers this season — but he’s one of the only ones. After a 2016-17 season that saw blowout wins and notable individual performances, this season is off to a much less explosive start. What happened to those absurd stat lines? We investigate. Plus, a small-sample-size segment on Andre Drummond.Here are links to what was discussed this week:Keep an eye on our 2017-18 NBA predictions, updated after every game.Deadspin’s Lauren Theisen noted that it seems DeMar DeRozan can shoot threes now.Last year, Neil took a look at the league’s crazy stat lines. read more

58 years after dying Albert Einstein is still discovering planets sort of

first_imgUpdated, 19:20THE DISCOVERY OF a new planet around 2,000 light years from Earth – and twice the size of the largest planet in our own solar system – has been attributed to a phenomenon first found by Albert Einstein.The new planet was found by applying a principle first laid down by the German-born physicist, when he first put forward a theory that objects will actually appear brighter than they actually are, through a phenomenon called ‘relativistic beaming’.The idea, as TIME magazine explains, is that the travel of light and the passage of time in space will force the light into a slightly narrower beam than it would otherwise travel.This means that the brightness of a planet in the distance will change ever-so-slightly as it rotates in orbit around its star, getting brighter as it moves around its star and approaches Earth, and then getting darker as it moves farther away again.Man-made satellites can monitor the light in the distance and calculate their location based on the change in the brightness – and conclude, as a result, that the distant objects must be planets.The use of relativistic beaming – also known as ‘Doppler beaming’ – to determine the location of planets was first proposed a decade ago, but even the astronomer who helped to identify the latest planet did not believe the technique could work.“I thought the effect was so small we’d never detect it,” David Latham said. “I thought it was silly.”Read: NASA’s planet-hunting spacecraft is broken – but they’re determined to fix itlast_img read more

Further tax hikes for Greece

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A second wave of price hikes for products and services is coming with the abolition of the 30 percent discount on value-added tax rates on certain Aegean islands on October 1, as well as the VAT increase from 6.5 percent to 13 percent on tourist accommodation.According to a Finance Ministry official, a ministerial decision will be issued in the next few days instructing enterprises on those islands to revert to the country’s 6 percent, 13 percent and 23 percent VAT rates from the current 5, 9 and 16 percent by October 1.The law provides for the abolition of the discount for Aegean islands with a lot of tourism development and a high per capita income from October, while the rest are set to follow on June 1, 2016. The remotest islands will continue to enjoy a discount.The most likely scenario provides for an immediate end to the discount for the Cyclades and the Sporades groups of islands, including Myconos, Paros, Santorini and Skopelos. The second scenario introduces income criteria that will determine which islands will be excluded from the waiving of the discount.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Accidents de la vie courante lancement dune campagne de prévention

first_imgAccidents de la vie courante : lancement d’une campagne de préventionFrance – La compagnie d’assurances AXA se mobilise pour sensibiliser la population française au danger que représentent les accidents domestiques.AXA va travailler sur trois fronts pour une action de prévention de grande envergure : spots publicitaires à la télévision, ateliers pratiques dans ving-cinq centres commerciaux du 4 septembre au 20 novembre (mise en situation, secourisme…) et articles interactifs sur le site de la compagnie. À lire aussiHépatite C : de nouvelles pistes pour le développement d’un vaccin préventif Cette campagne est nécessaire. Un sondage réalisé par l’Institut français d’opinion publique (Ifop) pour la compagnie met en évidence les lacunes des Français en la matière. Très peu d’entre eux sont véritablement conscients des dangers liés aux accidents de la vie courante et rares sont ceux qui prennent des mesures pour les éviter. Pourtant, il faut sécuriser son environnement et surveiller étroitement les enfants : 20.000 personnes décèdent chaque année suite à un accident de la vie privée (chute, suffocation, intoxication, noyade…). Pour AXA, l’opération est excellente en termes d’image mais aussi d’un point de vue commercial. La compagnie vend en effet des assurances destinées à couvrir les risques d’accidents domestiques.   Le 6 septembre 2010 à 11:33 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Egypte lUnesco renforce la surveillance des sites archéologiques

first_imgEgypte : l’Unesco renforce la surveillance des sites archéologiquesPlusieurs sites archéologiques ont été pillés lors de la révolte égyptienne. Afin d’améliorer leur surveillance, l’Unesco entend demander aux autorités du pays de renforcer le gardiennage des sites.”L’Unesco va faire une demande officielle au gouvernement égyptien pour qu’il renforce le gardiennage des sites par des gens armés”, a en effet déclaré Christian Manhart, chef de la section musées et objets culturels de l’agence de l’Onu pour la science. Cité par le Point, il a passé plusieurs jours sur le terrain avec des experts de l’Icom, le Conseil international des musées. Toutefois Christian Manhart se veut rassurant et affirme que les vols sont moins importants que ne le laisse croire la presse. “La situation du patrimoine égyptien n’est pas aussi dramatique que ce que les médias ont pu dire”, assure-t-il en effet, estimant que les vols n’ont pas été menés par “des bandes organisées”, mais plutôt par des personnes agissant “en dilettantes”.Alors que 54 objets ont été volés au Musée du Caire lors du soulèvement populaire, 37 sont toujours manquants. Sur le site de Saqqarah, nécropole de la région de Memphis, “des objets mineurs ont été dérobés dans des réserves de missions archéologiques”, tandis que des villageois ont érigé un cimetière sur la zone archéologique, a indiqué Christian Manhart. Quant au site de Guizeh, sa plus grande réserve a été épargnée, mais “plusieurs réserves ont été pillées et les autorités peinent à dire ce qui manque”. A Louxor enfin, la situation est aussi inquiétante. Une bande armée a en effet pillé des réserves, et “cela semble assez sérieux” selon Christian Manhart.Le 2 avril 2011 à 16:29 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

How a VR board game helps its maker deal with phobia

first_imgWe’ve all had those nagging fears that scratch at the mind in just the right way to start impacting our life. I’m terribly afraid of not finishing every pint of ice cream I see, for instance. Some, however, face fears that permeate their personal and professional lives in devastating ways.Former EA developer Theresa Duringer has just that problem. She’s terribly afraid of flying. For most, that’s not such a big deal, but now that she’s running two game development studios of her own — one for virtual reality games and the other for more traditional indie titles — she has to fly quite a bit.While working on Bazaar (her last VR game) she noticed that she was able to cope with flights a bit better. “I had a huge reduction in stress,” Duringer says. “To the point where my usually sweaty hands were dry after an hour in VR. My heart was calm. I think just visually and auditorily being in a different place altogether really helped me forget I was on a flight.” For someone who “[breaks] out in hives” and “can’t sleep for weeks before a flight,” that’s pretty special.After that trip, Duringer wanted to take the idea of using VR for therapy a bit further. “I wanted something that would constantly tax my attention so I didn’t have a chance to freak out or think about my seat flying 30,000 feet in the air,” she says.Shortly before she’d met with the makers of the popular deck-building game Ascension at GenCon in Indiana. She won some tournaments at the convention and earned an invitation to the game’s world championship. Duringer thought the game would be the perfect fit, requiring care, attention, and deep strategy. Plus, she says, board games are already made to be extremely replayable, because many of them cost so much to develop, produce, and distribute.With Ascension, she says, she had the perfect mix. She reached out to Stone Blade, hoping for permission to license the game while she had her team get started on modifying their VR engine to accommodate tabletop games. Stone Blade wasn’t interested at first, but after CEO Justin Gary played Bazaar at SXSW and saw people’s reactions to VR tech, he made the decision to go ahead with the port.The result is remarkable. Ascension VR works by honing in on what makes tabletop games special — their social element — and tailoring the VR experience around that, instead of just moving their game into the virtual world.As anyone part of the tabletop revolution of the past few years can tell you, shooting the shit with friends over a drink or two, seeing their reaction when you pull a ridiculous play, and building a sense of community as you play together is essential. And while Ascension and many other tabletop games have mobile and even video game console ports, they all fail to capture that feeling of presence. Duringer wanted chat and camaraderie to be a focal point, however.Games care organized into lobbies of up to four players, and everyone can see each other’s digital avatars. As each of you speak, the game uses voice recognition software and lip-syncing to match your avatar’s virtual expressions to your real-world ones. It’s not a perfect system, but it’s surprisingly effective — especially given that the game can run on anything from the Gear VR to more robust head-mounted displays like the Oculus Rift.All of this works over the internet, too, helping bring people together in a pseudo-physical space in the virtual world. That alone is noteworthy, particular for extroverts like myself who eschew digital interaction. This may well be the first step in helping far-flung friends stay connected regardless of distance.But all that started with the idea of making a game that could help Duringer overcome her fear of flying… and unfortunately, while it’s helped, it hasn’t been all that successful. In a phone call, she says, “I’m still terrified… I wasn’t always like this, I think it was a string of bad flights in my 20s that started it, but now it’s awful.” Duringer’s last flight was just a few days ago, and while Ascension helped, it’s clear that it’s grown beyond its inspiration, and that’s okay.For VR to succeed we’re going to need a lot more games like Ascension. VR is a new field, fraught with a lot of design problems and hampered by developers that aren’t designing with the medium, but Ascension VR knows what it needs to be. It had to offer something above and beyond just a card game “but in virtual reality,” and to Duringer and the team at Temple Gates’ credit, that’s exactly what they’ve made.last_img read more

Rugby players training for beach tournament next weekend

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp International Rugby Action this weekend – Bahamas vs TCI Bahamas takes out TCI in Rugby on the weekend Recommended for youcenter_img Related Items:bcw wahoos, beach tournament, meridian field, rugby, seven stars tag league Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 29 Oct 2015 – Turks and Caicos Rugby Federation players are in training mode as they prepare for their Beach Rugby Tournament on November 7. Tonight at the Meridian Field, there is training for the u19s and from 6:30-8:30pm fans can enjoy tag rugby. Next time we will have a recap of the Seven Stars Tag League, where the top four teams were: BCB Wahoos and the Meridian Marauders with 13pts each and the BCQS Jolly Ranchers andRed Mist, each with 9pts after last week’s action. last_img read more

Saddled with Debts 944 Media Launches in Another Market

first_imgDebts Piling UpLast week, 944 said it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, citing a pair of “burdensome” lawsuits. One suit involves the buyout of a former 944 partner/investor. The other regards the terms of a partnership surrounding 944’s 2008 “944 Super Village” Super Bowl event, alleging unfair business practices as well as racism on the part of 944.According to the documents 944 filed with the U.S. bankruptcy court in California, the company is facing expenses beyond the pair of lawsuits. They say 944 carries between $1 million and $10 million in assets but between $10 million and $50 million in liabilities.It appears 944 Media owes millions of dollars to its printer (Creel Printing & Publishing, $2.45 million) and to event partners, as well as rent, utilities and legal fees. The 20 creditors named in the documents are owed nearly $3.7 million collectively. The documents say 944 has between 200 and 999 creditors in total.A 944 spokesperson did not immediately return a request for comment. Less than a week after announcing it had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, fashion and lifestyle publisher 944 Media says 944 magazine has launched in its tenth market: Dallas, Texas.The first issue in Dallas hit newsstands April 1, carrying a monthly circulation of 20,000. According to 944 CEO Marc Lotenberg, the Dallas edition “will afford the invaluable opportunity to explore new avenues, fresh partnerships and creative visions for our brand.”Most recently, 944 launched editions in Atlanta and Detroit.last_img read more

Wood River towers where sockeye salmon are counted

first_imgCommercial salmon fishing in Alaska is closely regulated, with the Department of Fish and Game opening and closing fisheries based on calculations of the fish population. But where do they get the information to make those calls?Listen nowIsaac Reynolds is one of the three-person team operating the Wood River towers. He’s on the evening shift, but he volunteered to show me what he and his coworkers do once per hour, all day, every day – counting sockeye salmon as they make their way up to Lake Aleknagik.“It’s actually pretty visible,” Reynolds said. “The only times that we ever have any trouble seeing them is if it’s really nasty out, and the wind’s just driving the water into a frenzy, but other than that. We also count the ones that go downstream, too, as a negative number.”Reynolds, along with his teammates Monette Schwoerer and Alex Perrio, have been operating this tower during this year’s run. Each of them take an eight-hour shift, to keep the count running 24 hours. Only Sockeye are counted at Wood River, so you have to have a sharp eye to pick them out among the other fish in the river.“So that one right there, with a silver belly? That’s a pink salmon,” Reynolds said. “We don’t count those, but it’s good to know that it’s a pink salmon ‘cause then you don’t count it as a red.” “I can tell there’s a difference but it kinda took a second of me looking. You’re just familiar enough with it that you can just pick them right out and not count them?” “Yeah, and I mean if you look down there there’s two more right there that are also pink salmon. Generally they’re smaller, they have a different tail shape, they have a different distinctive color in the water.”The tower itself is bare scaffolding, with enough room to seat two on top. There’s one on each side of the river, and this one is about thirty feet tall, secured to the ground with ratcheted tie-down straps. The towers are simple, rugged, and could almost be mistaken for the ones used when the count started in 1956, were it not for a small solar assembly on the side that powers the night counting spotlights. There’s no ladder or stairs; to get up or down, you climb the outside of the tower – very carefully in my case.“When I first got on top of that tower, I was like ‘oh boy’ “you know the sitting and standing doesn’t bother me so much, it’s the really the climbing that’s a little more hair-raising for me,” Reynolds said. “I mean it’s just, the tower’s shaky…”The count is reported, from here and seven other towers in Bristol Bay, to Fish and Game along with survey data – sizes and sexes of fish that are recorded a few times a day. From there, the department makes its decisions on which areas to open or closed, based on escapement – a target number of fish that make it up the river to spawn. Reynolds said that he knows it’s painful for the fleet to be shut out of fisheries, but it’s important to preserve the future of the resource.“I mean it’s not fun for everybody when we don’t get enough fish going up the river and we have to close off districts, but the truth is is if we didn’t do that, the entire surrounding region would be at so much of a greater disadvantage,” Reynolds said. “With the technology that we have for fishing nowadays, if we didn’t do something like this, this entire area would be fished out within four years. Absolutely it would be fished out within four years. And you’d still get a small run, but it wouldn’t be enough to support an industry, it wouldn’t be enough to support the ecosystem that you can find here today.”Counting towers are expensive to operate, and state budget cuts have started to threaten their operation. As government faces lean times, private groups, from processors to native associations, have stepped in to keep them staffed and counting fish for the length of the run. These partnerships may become more and more necessary to keep the towers counting as they have for the past 60 years.last_img read more

Proposal would have either Walker or Begich drop out of race

first_imgSen. Hollis French speaks to reporters during a February 2014 press conference. French recently proposed a pact that would have required either Gov. Bill Walker or former U.S. Sen. Mark Begich to drop out of the race for governor. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)An idea by a prominent Alaska Democrat likely would have shaken up the state’s gubernatorial race.Listen nowHollis French’s proposal, which was first reported by Anchorage Daily News columnist Charles Wohlforth, suggested either Gov. Bill Walker or former U.S. Sen. Mark Begich drop out of the race.“I think there’s a lot of what I would call anxiety in the center and the left of the political spectrum in Alaska,” French said.French wants Walker and Begich to agree that one of the two candidates could drop out to eliminate that anxiety.Begich supports the idea, but Walker rejected it.Four years ago, independent candidate Walker joined forces with Democrat Byron Mallott, shrinking a three-way race down to two major candidates.Mallott’s running mate French dropped out to allow that to happen.Walker then defeated incumbent Gov. Sean Parnell.French’s proposal suggests a measurement of which candidate is strongest would decide which candidate should drop out.The candidates could decide how to do that, French said.French suggested that if three different polls find that one candidate is polling worse than the other, the lower-polling candidate would commit to dropping out.“I got a yes from Mark Begich and I guess I would characterize it as a no from the Walker campaign,” French said.Under French’s proposal, both candidates would stay in the race if the polling was mixed.French supports Begich, but said he would vote for Walker if the race came down to the incumbent governor and either of the leading Republican candidates, Mike Dunleavy and Mead Treadwell.Begich said it took a couple of days to think about the idea.“I don’t want people to get the misunderstanding that I don’t believe I can win,” Begich said. “I believe I’m going to be in a three-way race, I have a great shot of winning it straight out. But I was happy for the greater good to consider the idea that he laid on the table.”Begich hoped Walker would agree to the proposal.“I was hoping that he would consider it, but it’s a determination that he needs to make, just as he decided not to run in the Democratic primary after committing to it,” Begich said. “He decided to switch and create the three-way race, which I think is what’s caused a lot of the dilemma here.”Begich decided to run after concluding he could win either a two-way or a three-way race. He also said he was concerned about Walker’s ability to win a two-way race.The AFL-CIO commissioned a poll in late June that found Dunleavy would win a three-way race, with Walker and Begich tied for second, but both Walker and Begich were ahead of Dunleavy in a two-way race.Walker campaign manager John-Henry Heckendorn said the governor will convince Alaskans that he’s made necessary decisions.“First I want to be absolutely clear, Mark Begich knew that if he got into the race, Bill Walker was going to run against him in the general, not in the Democratic primary,” Heckendorn said. “Walker was interested in the race for who had the strongest vision for Alaska’s future, not a competition for who was the best Democrat between him and Mark Begich. And Mark Begich knew that.”Heckendorn said Walker wasn’t the candidate who created the three-way race.“The governor filed in August of last year,” Heckendorn said. “Mark Begich filed a half-hour before the filing deadline. He absolutely had control over whether or not to put Alaskans in that position.”The deadline for candidates to remove their names from the general election ballot is Sept. 4.last_img read more

New idea for Dyson sphere proposed

first_img Explore further © 2015 Phys.org The strange case of the missing dwarf A Dyson Sphere with 1 AU radius in Sol system. Credit: arXiv:1503.04376 [physics.pop-ph] The popularization of the idea for a Dyson sphere came about when physicist Freeman Dyson published a paper back in the 60’s outlining the idea of an advanced civilization building a sphere around a star to capture its energy for its own use. The idea has been popularized in science fiction and has grabbed the attention of real life researchers who suggest that if a Dyson sphere could be detected, it would present strong evidence for the existence of an advanced extraterrestrial civilization of some sort.Over time, Dyson and other scientists have found that the massive amount of material needed to build such a sphere would be untenable, thus, a more likely scenario would be a civilization building a ring of energy capturing satellites which could be continually expanded.But the notion of the sphere persists and so some scientists continue to look for one, believing that if such a sphere were built, the process of capturing the energy from the interior sun would cause an unmistakable infrared signature, allowing us to notice its presence. But thus far, no such signatures have been found. That might be because we are alone in the universe, or, as Semiz and Oğur argue, it might be because we are looking at the wrong types of stars. They suggest that it would seem to make more sense for an advanced civilization to build their sphere around a white dwarf, rather than a star that is in its main sequence, such as our sun—not only would the sphere be smaller (they have even calculated an estimate for a sphere just one meter thick—1023 kilograms of matter) but the gravity at its surface would be similar to their home planet (assuming it were similar to ours).Unfortunately, if Semiz and Oğur are right, we may not be able to prove it for many years, as the luminosity of a white dwarf is much less than other stars, making it extremely difficult to determine if the infrared signal is natural, or if it has been altered by aliens. More information: Dyson Spheres around White Dwarfs, arXiv:1503.04376 [physics.pop-ph] arxiv.org/abs/1503.04376AbstractA Dyson Sphere is a hypothetical structure that an advanced civilization might build around a star to intercept all of the star’s light for its energy needs. One usually thinks of it as a spherical shell about one astronomical unit (AU) in radius, and surrounding a more or less Sun-like star; and might be detectable as an infrared point source. We point out that Dyson Spheres could also be built around white dwarfs. This type would avoid the need for artificial gravity technology, in contrast to the AU-scale Dyson Spheres. In fact, we show that parameters can be found to build Dyson Spheres suitable —temperature- and gravity-wise— for human habitation. This type would be much harder to detect.via TechnologyReviewcenter_img Journal information: arXiv (Phys.org)—A pair of Turkish space scientists with Bogazici University has proposed that researchers looking for the existence of Dyson spheres might be looking at the wrong objects. İbrahim Semiz and Salim Oğur have written a paper and uploaded it to the preprint server arXiv, in which they suggest that if an advanced civilization were to build a Dyson sphere, it would make the most sense to build it around a white dwarf. Citation: New idea for Dyson sphere proposed (2015, March 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-03-idea-dyson-sphere.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Girl kills self after parents refuse to buy her new phone

first_imgKolkata: A 12-year-old girl from Panskura in East Midnapore committed suicide by consuming poison on Sunday night.The family members of the girl told the police that the victim, Moumita Murmu, (12) took the drastic step after they refused to give her a new mobile phone. Police have started a detailed probe into the incident. The body of the girl has been sent to the Tomluk Hospital for an autopsy. Murmu was a resident of Arjunda village of Panskura. The police said the victim had asked her parents — Biren Murmu and Monu Murmu —to buy her a mobile phone. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThey told her that they would not be able to fulfill her demand as they did not have enough money to buy a new phone. But the girl refused to listen to them and insisted on buying a mobile phone.Her parents could never imagine that she might commit suicide following the incident. On late Sunday night, the parents heard the girl screaming in pain inside her room. They rushed her to the Panskura Superspecialty Hospital. The doctors at the hospital tried their best but failed to save her life. According to the hospital sources the victim consumed poison in sufficient quantity. A family member of the victim told the police that the girl was rebuked by her parents. The police have initiated a probe in this regard.last_img read more

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first_img Image courtesy of NinePoint Medical VIDEO: How Alexa Might Help During Interventional Radiology ProceduresKevin Seals, M.D., is working on a research project using smart speakers such as the Amazon Echo and Google Home to create a new method for accessing information on device technologies in real time in the interventional radiology (IR) lab.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 4:47Loaded: 3.40%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -4:47 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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News | March 11, 2009 Kimberly-Clark Gives Live Demo at SIR 2009 News | Interventional Radiology | July 03, 2019 Varian Purchasing Embolic Bead Assets from Boston Scientific Varian announced it has signed an asset purchase agreement to acquire the Boston Scientific portfolio of drug-loadable… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 14, 2019 FDA Clears NvisionVLE Imaging System for Pancreatic and Biliary Applications August 14, 2019 — NinePoint Medical Inc. announced it has received U.S. read more Feature | Henry Ford Hospital | May 21, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Innovations in Radiotherapy and Radiology at Henry Ford Hospital Henry Ford Hospital thought leaders regularly speak at the radiation oncology and radiology conferences about new res read more News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | June 24, 2019 Mentice and Siemens Healthineers Integrate VIST Virtual Patient With Artis Icono Angiography System Siemens Healthineers and Mentice AB announced the collaboration to fully integrate Mentice’s VIST Virtual Patient into… read more Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more center_img March 11, 2009 – Kimberly-Clark Health Care is hosting a variety of educational opportunities for physicians and caregivers on the latest techniques in enteral feeding tube placement, at the annual Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) meeting, March 7 -12 in San Diego, CA. The combination of a broadcast procedural demonstration, information sessions with renowned radiologists and a poster presentation will provide attending physicians with opportunities to learn about the latest techniques in enteral feeding tube placement. “We are extremely excited about our presence at this year’s SIR meeting and to share knowledge about radiologic placement of feeding tubes through unique visual demonstrations that no sales materials or traditional marketing activities can replicate,” said John Amat, vice president of global sales and marketing, Kimberly-Clark Health Care. “The devices that we’re featuring at this show can offer very real and compelling benefits for both the interventional radiologist and the patient, and we feel the most powerful way to communicate those benefits is to show the device in action through live demonstration.” Live broadcast of feeding tube placement procedure Kimberly-Clark Health Care has teamed up with Michael Miller, M.D., of Duke University Medical Center and OR-LIVE, a surgical broadcast solutions company, to premiere an interactive webcast at the Kimberly-Clark booth (216). The webcast showsa patient demonstration of an innovative solution to enteral feeding tube placement facilitated with the Kimberly-Clark MIC, MIC-KEY Introducer Kit. The procedure highlights the use of resorbable sutures, a key feature of the Kimberly-Clark MIC, MIC-KEY Introducer Kit, which eliminates the need for the patient to undergo a second procedure to remove the sutures and the risk of complications that may be associated with leaving sutures in place, such as gastric perforation, skin infection and GI bleeding.For more information: www.kchealthcare.com/digestivehealth/enteralfeeding FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Videos | Interventional Radiology | June 26, 2019 VIDEO: How Alexa Might Help During Interventional Radiology Procedures Kevin Seals, M.D.,… read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | July 24, 2019 WVU Medicine Installs First Alphenix 4D CT in the U.S. The West Virginia University (WVU) Heart and Vascular Institute is the first hospital in the country to acquire the… read more Technology | Information Technology | June 20, 2019 DOSIsoft Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for Planet Onco Dose Software DOSIsoft announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market Planet… read more News | Interventional Radiology | June 19, 2019 Merit Medical Acquires Brightwater Medical Inc. Merit Medical Systems Inc. announced it has acquired Brightwater Medical Inc., based in Temecula, Calif. Brightwater… read more Henry Ford Hospital’s ViewRay MRIdian linear accelerator system allows real-time MRI-guided radiotherapy. Shown is the support staff for this system. In the center of the photo is Benjamin Movsas, M.D., chair of radiation oncology at Henry Ford Cancer Institute. Second from the right is Carri Glide-Hurst, Ph.D., director of translational research, radiation oncology. Related Contentlast_img read more

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first_img Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more Related Content News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 08, 2019 Half of Hospital Decision Makers Plan to Invest in AI by 2021 August 8, 2019 — A recent study conducted by Olive AI explores how hospital leaders are responding to the imperative read more July 20, 2009 – St. Joseph Medical Center has selected McKesson’s Revenue Management Solutions (RMS) group to manage its medical billing processes to streamline operational and revenue challenges. The Reading, Penn. physicians will deploy McKesson Practice Complete, a bundled solution, which provides RMS services including patient billing, accounts receivable management and reporting, along with Horizon Practice Plus practice management software and RelayHealth payor connectivity services. With this announcement, St. Joseph joins eight Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) practices, representing more than 250 physicians, currently relying on McKesson RMS to manage revenue management services. As a result, St. Joseph expects to benefit from sharing a common platform for collecting and interpreting financial data with other CHI organizations. St. Joseph Medical Center also plans to use McKesson’s reporting capabilities to enable managers at both the local and corporate level to use data obtained from patient encounters to develop benchmarks for practice performance. For more information: www.mckesson.com/officebasedservices FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | July 20, 2009 McKesson Provides Revenue Management Solution to Hospital Network News | Artificial Intelligence | August 05, 2019 Montefiore Nyack Hospital Uses Aidoc AI to Spot Urgent Conditions Faster Montefiore Nyack Hospital, an acute care hospital in Rockland County, N.Y., announced it is utilizing artificial… read more Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more last_img read more

Health Ministry warns against consumption of natural products imported from Peru

first_imgCosta Rica’s Health Ministry issued an alert warning that “Nature Export” brand natural products are being sold in the country without proper ministry approval.The products’ quality, safety and efficacy have not been evaluated by Health Ministry experts, and therefore are not authorized to be sold here, officials said.Some of the products being distributed illegally in natural food stores are: Higazán digestivo, Prostazan, Riñozan, Cerebral memorex, Pasuchaca, 48 plantas + Clorofila, Adelgadina 9 in 1, Chanca Piedra, Uña de gato, Achuchilla, Picaflorina, Maca and Valeriana.Labels on these products include “Producto Peruano de Exportación” (Peruvian export product) and “Distribuido por NATURE EXPORT” (distributed by NATURE EXPORT).The Health Ministry said in a statement that “the consumption of these products is a health hazard and people should not buy them. Those who already bought them should stop using them immediately and report the stores where these products are being sold.”Ministry officials said anyone with information about where the products are being sold can write to denuncias@ministeriodesalud.go.cr. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Crowdfunding project aims to save Neil Armstrongs spacesuit

first_img Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of The Smithsonian formed a partnership with Kickstarter for a series of crowdfunded projects. The spacesuit is the first.Armstrong’s spacesuit is deteriorating and hasn’t been displayed since 2006. The museum plans to display it for the 50th anniversary of Armstrong’s moonwalk. Later, the suit will be a centerpiece in “Destination Moon,” a gallery opening in 2020.___Online: Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Air and Space Museum is launching a crowdfunding campaign to conserve the spacesuit Neil Armstrong wore on the moon.The campaign begins Monday, marking 46 years since Armstrong’s moonwalk in 1969. Conservators say spacesuits were built for short-term use with materials that break down over time.The museum aims to raise $500,000 on Kickstarter to conserve the spacesuit, build a climate-controlled display case and digitize the spacesuit with 3D scanning. Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Check your body, save your life Parents, stop beating yourself up Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Etihad Airways has announced yearround deployment

first_imgEtihad Airways has announced year-round deployment of its Airbus A380 aircraft on the Abu Dhabi to Paris route.The aircraft, which features The Residence, will operate from 1 July 2017 on one of its twice-daily services from the UAE capital city to Paris.Flight EY31 has a scheduled departure time from Abu Dhabi at 2.15am which arrives at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport at 7.50am local time. The return flight, EY32 takes off from the French capital at 10.40am and arrives in Abu Dhabi at 7.30pm. ‘The Residence’ on Etihad Airways A380Abu DhabiEtihadParisThe Residencelast_img read more